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The Crop calendar – Africa is now available online

The Crop Calendar provides information about sowing and planting seasons and agronomic practices of the crops grown by farmers in a particular agro-ecological zone.[more]

The launching of FAST, the Forum for African Seed Testing

With support from FAO, eight African countries, members or observers of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA), agreed to launch the Forum for African Seeds Testing during the ISTA 29th Congress held in Cologne, Germany, on June 20th 2010.This is an important...[more]

Assessing the security of seed systems in Haiti

For years, and especially after the 12 January Earthquake, many institutions have implemented seed relief interventions in Haiti. FAO has participated in June 2010 in the implementation of a Seed System Security Assessment in order to better target future seed interventions.[more]

Strengthening Vegetable Seed Systems in Central and West Africa Through Public Private Partnership Platforms

Since the pre-independence era, African agriculture has focused on a narrow band of commodities that include food crops (cereals and pulses), oil crops (soybean, groundnut, sunflower) and industrial crops (coffee, cocoa, tea, oil palm and rubber tree). Vegetable crops which are...[more]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The plant genetic diversity is the biological basis of food security and supports the livelihoods of every person on Earth. The conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) is essential to ensure agriculture production and meet...[more]

South and Southeast Asia Discussion on Plant Breeding Capacity Wraps Up

For six weeks in February and March plant breeders and others in South and Southeast Asia debated and shared experiences in an on-line forum about the results of surveys on plant breeding capacity in the region. The forum was sponsored by the Global Initiative for Plant Breeding...[more]

Seed Alliance WIthout Boundaries (SAWIB)

In order to establish a sustainable seed supply and thereby facilitate food security of member countries, the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) started an initiative termed “Seed Alliance Without Boundaries (SAWIB)”. The seed based initiative will cut across crop...[more]

New Regional Seed Association for Central Asia and the Caucasus

A new Regional Seed Association for Central Asia and the Caucasus was recently formed under the auspices of a FAO technical cooperation project with the technical guidance of FAO-AGP. The new Association groups together private and public-sector seed producers of 10 countries...[more]

Private enterprises driving seed industry growth

The use of certified seed of improved varieties can increase wheat yields by up to 30 percent. Certified seed also guarantees other added benefits such as cleaned seed that is free from weed and diseased grains and pure seed that is not contaminated with seeds of other crops or...[more]

West African Catalogue of Plant Species and Varieties

This document, prepared in the framework of the West African Seed Regulation Harmonization, has led to the adoption of a harmonized seed regulatory framework by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.[more]

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